Home Inspection FAQ's
in South Florida
Before the Inspection, how to prepare
Make sure all the utilities to the home are turned on and everything is in normal operation mode. ( e.g. water, gas, electricity, etc ) Remember, inspectors will not move personal items or furniture, be sure that access it available to all areas. Make sure attics, water heaters, air conditioning systems, electrical panels, windows & doors are all accessible and not obstructed. Dogs and Pets are expected to be properly secured in kennels. Replace burned out bulbs, prepare all kitchen appliances for inspection ( remove items inside oven, etc). Replace AC filters, open all exterior gates and locks. These are all areas of importance and the inspection will be limited if not accessible.
When do I call a Home Inspector
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
What is a home inspection performed by a Home Inspector
A home inspection is an objective “visual” opinion of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation performed by a Professional Certified Home Inspector. A home inspector is a qualified, experienced and sometimes certified in finding deficiencies and safety issues in a property.
Why does the cost of Inspections vary between Inspectors
Home Inspectors all have different qualifications, education , experience and yes ethics. While some may offer cheap and quick home inspections, others love what they do, take their time and offer thorough and quality home inspection reports. We like to say, if you need a surgical procedure you don't go out and find the cheapest surgeon. You go out and find the best surgeon money can buy. So why would you trust a cheap & quick inspection for one of the biggest financial decision you’ll ever make. Don't make a mistake in choosing cheap.
What does a home inspection include
Here are the key areas you can expect to be covered in a home inspection report:
• Structural components .
• Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways.
• Roof system including shingles, flashing and skylights.
• Electrical system including service panels, breakers and fuses.
• Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment.
• Heating system including equipment and venting.
• Cooling system including energy sources and distribution equipment.
• Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings.
• Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.
• Fireplaces including chimneys and vents.
What’s NOT Included in a Home Inspection
These are generally not included in a Home Inspection Report unless specified.
• TERMITE INSPECTION
• ASBESTOS INSPECTION
• RADON GAS INSPECTION
• MOLD INSPECTION
• LEAD PAINT INSPECTION
• SWIMMING POOLS /SPAS INSPECTION
• UNDERGROUND PIPE SCOPE INSPECTION
For a complete List of what’s Included and not included, please visit the Standards of Practice page
What does a Home Inspection Cost
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a typical home inspection costs $350 to $600. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the agony these inspections can save you down the road. But the exact price will depend on the size of your home, where you live, and what you want inspected. Such as (4-pt Inspection, Wind Mitigation Inspection, Termites, Radon, Mold, etc.) Generally, its less expensive if you order a few different Inspection at the same time. Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.
Why do I need a home inspection
Buying a home could be the largest investment you will ever make. To reduce unpleasant surprises and unexpected repairs, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. After the inspection, you will be informed on the conditions of the house, which in turn will allow you to make a confidence decision with the purchase. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Can a house fail a home inspection
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
Do I have to be there
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. But keep this I mind, try to minimize the interruptions so they can perform a thorough Inspection. Furthermore, your Inspection Report will usually be emailed to you 24 hrs. after, most of the time same day. Be careful with On-Site Inspection reports, as they might not have time to gather and research the necessary information or inspect the pictures taken during your home inspection.
What if the report reveals problems
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs. It’s also a great negotiating tool to have.